Acute sinusitis

Brent Feldt, Gregory R. Dion, Erik K. Weitzel, Kevin C. Mcmains

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Sinusitis is a common patient complaint that carries with it a large economic burden. It is one of the most common reasons patients visit their primary care physician. Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS) can be distinguished from other forms of rhinosinusitis based on symptom duration of <4 weeks in a patient with purulent rhinorrhea associated with facial pain or pressure. Native upper aerodigestive tract bacteria are the most common etiologic agents. Treatment of ABRS is targeted primarily at symptom improvement. Amoxicillin can be used based on the clinical scenario and patient comorbidities. Computed tomographic scans are reserved for complicated presentations or when there is concern for intracranial extension or other complications. A systematic approach to ABRS will allow for improved patient quality of life and a decreased overall economic burden of this common entity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-581
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • acute sinusitis
  • bacterial sinusitis
  • nasal airway obstruction
  • purulent rhinorrhea
  • sinusitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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